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Thomas The Tank Engine on Track for Big Screen Event

THOMAS & FRIENDS, the popular childrens series, rolls into 50 movie theaters across the U.S. on Sept. 8, 2007, at 10:00 am with a special screening event, including five never-before-seen episodes from the THOMAS & FRIENDS series. "Thomas & Friends On The Big Screen" is presented by NCM Fathom, the entertainment division of National CineMedia and HIT Ent.

"Thomas & Friends On The Big Screen" includes a 60-minute screening of THOMAS & FRIENDS content introducing three new characters and features sing-a-longs, trivia and more. All ticket holders will receive a complementary THOMAS & FRIENDS activity book and a Wal-Mart gift card valued at $5.

Tickets for "Thomas & Friends On The Big Screen" can be purchased for $7 (children under 2 will be admitted free) at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating Regal theatre box offices beginning Aug. 10. For a complete list of theater locations, please visit the website (theaters are subject to change).

"We're excited to partner with NCM Fathom to introduce new characters and highlight old friends to Thomas's young fans with 'Thomas and Friends on The Big Screen'," said Natasha Fishman, vp of retail development, HIT Ent. "This first-of-its-kind THOMAS event provides a fun-filled morning for THOMAS & FRIENDS fans to experience Thomas like never before -- larger than life on the big screen."

Thomas & Friends invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE was created by a father for his son more than 60 years ago. Today, families in some 145 countries enjoy fun and adventure with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. THOMAS & FRIENDS airs in the U.S. on PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS Sprout. For more information about the world of THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE and his friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com.

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